Yes there was a big business story coming out of Zurich, but that ship has sailed, so we thought it worth taking a look at the MLS stadium situation. The big news today came out of Houston, where the Dynamo announced that they had reached a lease agreement with the County Sports authority. The proposed stadium will be shared with Texas Southern Football and other local events. The team is shooting for January groundbreaking and hopes to open in 2012. Total cost of the projected 21k seat stadium is expected to be about $80 million with the Dynamo ownership (primarily AEG and Golden Boy Promotions) funding about $60 million. The rest of the funds could come from tax credits, the TIRZ money and from some of the stimulus money floating around.
Progress has continued at PGE Park in Portland. Here is a link to the Portland webcam of stadium progress. The Timbers also offer a great virtual viewer. These viewers have become popular over the last couple of years and allow potential ticket buyers access to the stadium in a riveting and detailed online environment. A link to the stadium viewer is here.
Finally, Sporting Kansas City is making progress towards its projected 2011 opening. Here is a “fact sheet” about the stadium. KC also offers a webcam of both the insde and outside. Sporting also offers a virtual viewer that easily displays season ticket costs.